What? You think Yumama is done with Jin Yong’s novels? Nope. He’s here to rebuild the wuxia world. The young actor, Chen Xiao, at 25, has been in numerous Yu Zheng’s productions – Gong 3, The Swordsman, and as the protagonist in Female Prime Minister. Am I complaining? – too many remakes already – but I approve of him, mainly because this lad looks great in period dramas as compared to modern outfits, where he’s just another pretty boy with Asian bangs.
Through a phone interview, Yu Zheng tells the reporters that his version will retain the spirit of the novel. While the script is still being written, he reveals harboring some thoughts in adding a few more details to the character, Li Mo Chou, as well as Huan Rong and Guo Jing, to make them his own. When Yu Zheng says he’s not changing anything, just roll your eyes, keke.
Two things that Yu Zheng assures to be left alone: 1) The little Dragon Girl will still float around the set in full white. (Do you know why she has to wear white, folks? If she WEARS any other colors, her bland expression will fade in the background!) 2) The fighting sequences will use less CGI effects.
A peek at the cast members so far:
Yu Zheng on Guo Xiang casting: “I remember Zhang Xue Ting is 10 years younger than Chen Xiao (’87er). I believe my casting choice is correct.”
Need a reminder of the series?
Check out the theme songs of each version below. Nothing like music to bring you back in time.